Elektron launches Elektron Grammofon record label

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Elektron Music Machines has announced its new Elektron Grammofon record label.

Elektron Grammofon

The Elektron Grammofon imprint will be the home for 12” vinyl records by artists using Elektron instruments. The releases will be limited to 300 copies and all profits will go to charity.

The first act on Elektron Grammofon will be the legendary electronic music duo Plaid. Formed in 1991 and acclaimed for a string of highly influential releases, their place in the electronic music pantheon is given.

The Plaid 12” will be available for purchase through the Elektron website late spring.

More information: Elektron / Plaid

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SkoogMusic launches pre-order campaign for Skoog musical instrument

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SkoogMusic Ltd has launched a 2nd crowdfunding campaign to put the Skoog revolutionary musical instrument into production.

Skoog 2.0

After their first campaign missed it’s target of 75K the team at Skoog are using indiegogo once again to help bring their product to market. This uniquely expressive, uber-cool cube is designed for everyone to play, but unlike a traditional instrument, you don’t need to read music or memorise your scales to give this a go. All you need is a love of music.

Their first campaign included substantial tooling outlay but having secured additional funding from shareholders to support tooling costs the company is now running a modest pre-order campaign to enable supporters to get their hands on their tactile music interface for just £125 (that is a 54% saving on estimated retail).

Patent-pending technology and a range of music-making apps & software, make it an ‘out-of-the box’ joy, allowing for a huge range of abilities, creative talents, and musical preferences. It’s also wireless, iOS compatible and highly responsive, so ideal for anyone interested in being creative with sound.

The Skoog is available for pre-order until the February 6th, 2015.

More information: SkoogMusic / Skoog at Indiegogo

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SoundCloud intros On SoundCloud creator partner program

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On SoundCloud

SoundCloud has announced On SoundCloud, a new creator partner program which lays the foundation for creators to make money from their work on the platform.

As artists ourselves, Eric and I started SoundCloud with a simple vision. We wanted to develop tools for creators, help them reach fans all over the world, and shape a way we could pay the creators who fuel the growth of SoundCloud.

We’re laying this foundation by initially inviting a small group of creators to become Premier partners in the On SoundCloud program, enabling them to make money on the platform. Over time we will roll this out across the creator community.

To make this possible, we’re introducing advertising from select brand partners to SoundCloud. When someone sees or hears an ad, they’re supporting an artist. We will include ads gradually and bring on more advertisers as we grow On SoundCloud.

Everybody at SoundCloud is really excited about bringing this creator program to you. We often hear people say, ‘I’m on SoundCloud’. Now we’re happy to be able to offer even more for the millions of creators who have made it the best place in the world to share and discover music & audio.

More information: SoundCloud / On SoundCloud

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Akai Pro updates iMPC Pro to v1.1

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Akai Pro has released version 1.1 of iMPC Pro, the professional music production app for iPad.

Akai Pro iMPC Pro

iMPC Pro is a 64-track music production powerhouse for your iPad. With built-in sampling functionality, a massive sound library, effects, and over 30 performance-driven features, iMPC Pro brings the functionality of Akai Professional’s coveted Music Production Center to your iPad.

Developed in partnership with Retronyms, the developers of the original iMPC app, iMPC Pro comes with pro-grade tools for intuitive beat creation whenever inspiration strikes. It combines multiple sampling methods, producer-tested MPC features, a custom sample library from Richard Devine, and an intuitive gestural editor for the most powerful, creative and fun iPad music production experience yet.

Changes in iMPC Pro v1.1

  • Trim endpoint saves and loads properly.
  • Delete Sounds.
  • Velocity for iMPC Element fixed.
  • Added sound delete (drag to trash).
  • Crash on set global for FX return and Master Fader fixed.
  • Can now open and close precision mode controls while popover is active.
  • Performance improvements on save and load sessions and sample edits.
  • FX returns were moving some fader controls. This is fixed.
  • iMPC Pro now registers as a InterApp Audio Instrument. Should sync better with Cubasis and other hosts.
  • You can now drag pads across banks using multitouch. (e.g: begin dragging pad, select bank b, drop pad).
  • Various other small fixes and performance improvements.

iMPC Pro is available for purchase for $12.99 USD for a limited time (regular $19.99 USD).

More information: Akai Pro / iMPC Pro

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PreSonus unveils all-new Nimbit

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Nimbit

Presonus has announced an all-new Nimbit, the musician’s direct-to-fan marketing and promotions platform, which has been completely reinvented to focus on what today’s musicians need most: automated, integrated tools that enable engaged and monetized relationships with their fans.

Capture and Reward Fans at Live Shows with FanCheck.in

When PreSonus queried its customers, at the top of their wish list was a better way to deliver live recordings quickly to fans and to capture fans at live events. Now, with Nimbit’s FanCheck.in, you can reward fans for checking in at or after live events with a simple URL or QR code. Rewards can be a live recording from the event, an exclusive mp3 download, a video from the artist, or a special offer. The fan makes an immediate connection, and you capture their email address, linked to the event they attended. Then follow up after the show with the entire live recording or another special offer and reach out to these fans when you play in their area again. The followup offer can even be automatically emailed at a set time after the show. Beta testers of FanCheck.in achieved email capture rates as high as 22% of the venue capacity. Try that with a notebook at the merch table!

New Google-enhanced Calendar with Automatic Geotargeted Promotion

You can now promote upcoming events to fans more effectively using the new Nimbit Calendar. With just a few clicks, set up events using crowd-sourced venue data and integrated Google Maps. Events display on your Profile and can be promoted to fans via automated, geotargeted announcements and reminders to fans at preset intervals before live shows. Because your Nimbit Calendar and email tool are tightly integrated, simply enter your tour dates and enable reminders to fans, and Nimbit will automatically send your tour promotion to the right fans at the right time.

Razor Focused and Automated Email Tools

The new email marketing tool makes it easy to send beautiful newsletters, event announcements, and promotions that can be automated and targeted to specific fan groups-no Web-coding experience required. Combined with Nimbit’s fan list and deep fan-filtering capabilities, email marketing lets you send personalized and relevant emails, including recurring messages.

New Artist Profile

PreSonus has overhauled the Nimbit Store with a new, fan-facing artist Profile, designed to be a central place where fans can have a richer experience with artists. The new Profile combines photos, a bio, upcoming events, videos, streaming audio, featured promotions, and more. Even those new to online promotion can set up or manage their Profiles in just a few minutes.

It’s easy to enhance your Web site with your Nimbit Profile, Store, Calendar, or any combination by copying and pasting embed codes (just like adding a YouTube video). Sell and promote to fans direct on Facebook by installing the Nimbit Facebook app. And your Nimbit Profile is instantly available on Nimbit.com as soon as you’re ready.

A Nimbit account is free, including many of Nimbit’s best features. A la carte features are available for purchase, or get the Nimbit Premium for $19.95 USD per month.

More information: Nimbit

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